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Some observations of Macworld SF, 2003.
All the rumor sites were calling this iBrowse. What, as
I was skeptical about Apple's latest foray--I thought the
browser war was over and IE won the oversized belt
buckle--until I tried it. It's pretty sweet. That is, for a beta.
If it proves to be as standards compliant as they say,
hopefully browser compatibility won't be as big of an
issue as I'm inclined to think.
The speed looks promising, but leave it to Apple to
innovate with the interface. The thing sorts bookmarks
as deftly as iTunes handles MP3s. The built in Google
search is a nice feature. One that I miss when I'm
surfing with IE now. The interface is much leener than
IE--the top of the browser window, including all the
buttons and address bar, is exactly half the height of
Explorer's. The address bar doubling as the progress
bar is genius. http://www.apple.com/safari
Nobody can kill PowerPoint, nobody. But Apple
provides a compelling reason to try. First off, if this
could not import or export Microsoft's PPT format I
wouldn't give it a second glance, but alas it does. The
anti-aliased text, made possible by OS Xs quartz
engine, and ability to dump to Quicktime and PPT as I
said, make this an app I'd be willing to try. And anything
beats Microsoft's kludgy, counter-intuitive application
design (have you ever tried to use a master page in
I still think Adobe could one-up this sucker by creating
an add-on for InDesign. Imagine creating presentations
in an app as familiar as InDesign... Oh well.
17 inch PowerBook
Does anyone have a need for this stealth-bomber of
laptops? There's no way this will replace a high quality,
true color monitor on my desk. If they're trying to appeal
to designers and creative types, why not lower the price
of their delectable 22" flat panel cinema displays.
Then again, I may want one of these when I grow into
my size 14 shoes.
12 inch PowerBook
Now we're talking. Not that I would ever want one of
these either, but if I were traveling Europe for a summer
with nothing but a backpack and a rail pass I surely
Too bad Apple already exhausted their 'road warrior'
campaign on their iPurse (ahem, the old candy colored
iBooks of 1999).